Mozilla Firefox 6.0 is to be officially released on Tuesday (it's already out if you look on FTP mirrors) with faster performance, better start-up times, improved plug-in management, greater HTML5 support, more permission controls, and several other features. What's not talked about much, but is huge for the affected Linux users, is that the GPU acceleration situation begins to be sorted out.
Mozilla Firefox -- particularly the Gecko rendering engine -- has long been a user of the Cairo graphics rendering library. Cairo is also used by GTK+, Mono, WebKit, and many other open-source projects for a vector-based, device-independent 2D drawing API. Cairo now has back-ends for OpenGL, Win32 GDI, Mac OS X Quartz, Direct2D, and many other APIs, but Mozilla developers are doing away with this library. To replace Cairo, Mozilla developers created "Azure" as a new 2D multi-platform graphics library.
Mozilla has announced today they're effectively working on the development of their own operating system. Mozilla "Boot To Gecko" is basically a Gecko-based competitor to Google's Chrome OS operating system. "Mozilla believes that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. To make open web technologies a better basis for future applications on mobile and desktop alike, we need to keep pushing the envelope of the web to include --- and in places exceed --- the capabilities of the competing stacks in question."
There wasn't any Thunderbird 4.0 mail client release, but now that Firefox 5.0 is out there, Mozilla Messaging has announced the second and final beta release of Mozilla Thunderbird 5.0.
It was only in late March when Mozilla released Firefox 4.0, but under their new development practices that are similar to that of Google's Chrome web-browser, Firefox 5.0 was released yesterday.
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 was released in March with many new features, including GPU-based acceleration, but on the Linux side this support was disabled. The Mozilla developers found the Linux GPU driver support to be a problem, even with the open-source solutions. It looks like though by Firefox 6 the Linux GPU acceleration will be in better standing.
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 has been officially released.
Last week we reported on Mozilla Firefox developers having issues with Linux GPU drivers to the point that the Firefox 4.0 Linux build will not have GPU acceleration enabled by default, but it can be found for Mac OS X and Windows users. Fortunately, to fix the situation, there's now some open-source Mesa/X developers looking into these problems of Firefox GPU acceleration.
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 will feature GPU hardware acceleration using OpenGL (or Direct2D/Direct3D under Microsoft Windows) acceleration for WebGL content and even HTML5. This support is there for Windows and Mac OS X, but for Firefox 4.0 the Linux support has been disabled and WebGL is also blacklisted for most drivers. Why? It's the problematic GPU drivers, of course.
The Mozilla Messaging camp has released version 3.1 of the Thunderbird mail client. Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1 features faster search results, a quick filter tool-bar, a new migration assistant, a saved files manager, a new mail account setup wizard, and various performance improvements.
At long last, Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 has been officially released. Thunderbird 2.0 was released about two and a half years ago (April 2007) and while Mozilla Firefox has sped along with a number of releases in the 3.x series, Thunderbird has not. However, the 3.0 release of this Mozilla mail client should be rather great and does boast many improvements.
JPEG 2000, the image file format that has been around for nearly a decade and offers better compression performance and greater flexibility in the code-stream that can allow for higher quality photographs compared to a traditional JPEG, may get a boost on the Linux desktop. JPEG 2000 hasn't seen much adoption in large part because of the lack of web browsers that natively support this JP2 ISO standard, including Firefox. While there was an attempt before to add JPEG 2000 support to Firefox through a Google Summer of Code project, Mozilla developers have largely been opposed to adding this support since this file format is not used enough nor "important enough" to justify the work and face any possible legal threat in implementing this open-source support.
It's going on two years since Thunderbird 2.0 was released and six months since the introduction of Firefox 3.0, but Mozilla's Thunderbird mail client is finally getting closer to reaching version 3.0. Mozilla Messaging, the subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that now guides work on this open-source mail client, has released Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 1.
This news is coming a bit late thanks to delays with air travel here in the United States, but Mozilla Firefox 3.0 is now available! Firefox 3.0 has a horde of improvements over Firefox 2.0. Some of the new features include one-click bookmarking, improved performance, smart location bar, instant web-site ID, full zoom, and a multitude of other significant open-source advancements. For all of the details and download links, head on over to the Firefox web-site.
The official announcement hasn't yet come down the wire, but Mozilla Firefox 126.96.36.199 is now available. Like many of the minor Firefox 2.0.0.x releases, Firefox 188.8.131.52 contains stability and security updates. One mirror that has been synced already for this new web browser release can be found here.
The seventh alpha release of Mozilla Firefox 3.0 is now available for developers and those feeling adventurous. Firefox 3.0 Alpha 7 "Gran Paradiso" adds full page zoom for images, layout, and text, reworking of XUL menus and pop-ups, new clipboard events, cross-site XMLHttpRequest specification implemented, color profile support, and a number of other features. This release also contains a number of Gecko 1.9 bug fixes. The complete list of changes along with other information can be found in the Mozilla release notes.
Earlier this week marked the release of Mozilla Firefox 184.108.40.206 to fix two newly-presented security vulnerabilities and the Thunderbird mail-client has now been updated to fix the same set of issues. Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 has no other changes aside from the two security fixes. The release notes are available from Mozilla.
Being released ten days after Firefox 18.104.22.168 is now Mozilla Firefox 22.214.171.124. This latest browser update, once again, is to address security vulnerabilities. The two issues fixed in Firefox 126.96.36.199 is unescaped URIs being passed to external programs and privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows. Additional information is available from the Firefox release notes.
Earlier this week Firefox 188.8.131.52 was released with security and stability updates, and today marks the release of Thunderbird 184.108.40.206. Mozilla Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 marks the fixing of two security vulnerabilities -- remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer and crashes with evidence of memory corruption. The Thunderbird release notes can be read on Mozilla.org.
In Mozilla's battle against stability and security bugs, Firefox 18.104.22.168 has been released. Eight known security vulnerabilities have been corrected in this release including crashes with evidence of memory corruption, frame spoofing, file type confusion, and remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer. The release notes for Mozilla Firefox 22.214.171.124 are available from Mozilla.org.
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Alpha 6 (or also known as Gran Paradiso 1.9 Alpha 6) has been released with a number of updates since the fifth alpha release. Some of the changes include the SQLite engine being upgraded to version 3.3.17, improved cookie performance, support for site-specific preferences, a new Quit dialog box, added a permanent "restart Firefox" button to the add-ons manager, fixes to the download manager, Places fixes, and Gecko 1.9 bug fixes. Ernst Persson had also passed along that while it's not officially mentioned in the Firefox 3.0 Alpha 6 release notes from Mozilla, this version does in fact support GTK theme HTML form controls on Linux.
The fourth Firefox update in the 2.0 branch is now available. Firefox 126.96.36.199 fixes several issues, and adds support for several new languages. More information on the security fixes and download links are available from Mozilla.
After what had seemed like an eternity, Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 is finally available (Firefox 2.0 was released last October). Thunderbird 2.0 offers new ways to manage and organize email with message tags, advanced folder views, message history navigation, find as you type, and improves new mail alert notifications. More information on the new features for this mail and RSS client is available here while MozillaZine has the announcement from Team Thunderbird's Scott MacGregor.
For the Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 branches there are new updates available -- 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 respectively. These new updates introduce no new features but continues with security and stability improvements. For more information see Mozilla.org.
On the Mozilla development planning list, the possibility of delivering a Mozilla-based desktop environment is being discussed, which would be similar to GNOME or KDE and run off either the Linux or FreeBSD kernel. The complete discussion is available to read and provide input here.
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